Look for information from a reliable source. A reliable source can come from a scholarly source, like a journal article or encyclopedia, or it can come from a popular source, like a newspaper or government report. Use the videos and images below, and the tabs on top, to help you identify reliable sources of information.
In general, you'll want to use a popular source for your "who, what, where, when" questions. Use popular sources like newspaper or government documents (including Census data!) to get information about your communities. An example of question that can be answered with a reliable popular source is "How many Latinos in my neighborhood graduate from high school?"
You'll want to use a scholarly source for your "how" or "so what" questions. Use a scholarly source like a journal article to get information about why certain characteristics of your community impact other characteristics. An example of a question that can be answered with a scholarly source is "How does low graduation rates affect economic development?"
When looking for information for your paper, especially if you're looking for demographic or statistics data, ask the following questions:
Complete the Evaluating Sources tutorial for even more help identifying reliable sources!